“Container shipping through the Port of Tyne avoids congestion in the south and unnecessary road miles reducing carbon emissions by as much as 80% for some of our customers as well as saving time and money.”

This was the suggestion made by Matt Beeton, Port of Tyne Chief Executive Officer, as he announced that growth of 25% in container volumes in the past five years has seen the Port invest substantially in extending its 20 acre container terminal.

With its capacity increased by 40% to almost 70,000 square metres, it now handles everything from manufacturing parts for Nissan, Komatsu and Hitachi to 30% of the UK’s tea, wine, clothing, and consumer goods, to furniture, machinery and recovered materials.

Opening the extension, the Chief Executive of the North East England Chamber of Commerce, James Ramsbotham, said: “Investing in multimodal connectively is so important for the northern economy, the new Tyne Container Terminal will provide a state-of-the-art gateway for importers and exporters with road, rail and deep-sea connections linking directly to the heart of the UK mainland.”

The extended deep-sea facility will complement the existing port services and has the annual capacity to handle a throughput of around 100,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent: the standard measurement of a shipping container).

The Port recently announced it has secured Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status, an internationally recognised quality mark that simplifies and speeds up customs procedures for goods traded outside of the European Union.

Almost 90% of non-bulk products are shipped in containers and the Port of Tyne’s regular container connections operated by BG Freight Line and Unifeeder provide direct connections from the Port at South Shields to Felixstowe and Rotterdam and from there the rest of the world.

Last reviewed 13 December 2019